In case you missed the first round, BookClubSandwich is an online book club hosted by me and Andi at Estella’s Revenge. A few times a year, we’ll be selecting a book to read that has something to do with food. Our inaugural pick was Coop by Michael Perry (Discussion Post and Wrap-Up Post).
For our second pick, Andi and I decided to open up the selection process a little bit with some voting on a few books we’re excited to read. The official poll for voting is over at Estella’s Revenge (on the top right side of the site).
In order to pique your interest, here’s a list of the books we’re voting on. I wanted to go with books that were more “foodie” than “farmie” this time, so we tried to pick books that look at food in a different way.
Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain
This is Anthony Bourdain’s second book, after Kitchen Confidential 10 years ago. This book is Bourdain’s memoir that follows his growth from a young cook to professional eater.
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
This book is one of the classics in narrative journalism that I’ve always wanted to read but never have. It’s all about the meat-packing plants in Chicago around the turn of the century, and definitely will make you think.
America the Edible: Why We Eat, What We Eat, Where We Eat by Adam Richman
Adam Rickman hosts a Travel Channel show that looks at American Cuisine – the history, regional interests, that sort of thing. I think the way it looks as food and how it reflects our country could be really thought-provoking.
This book is another history of American food book, but instead this looks as how we went from pretty traditional eaters to a more gourmet society. I love the subtitle of this one, in particular.
Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness by Lisa M. Hamilton
This is the most “farmie” of the books on the list, but I think it approaches farm from a different way that Coop. Hamilton profiles farmers who are choosing to work in a different way than the big business farmers and what that battle means.
When you vote, keep in mind that Medium Raw and America the Edible are both pretty new books, and if you want to buy them they’ll only be available in hardcover. The rest are a little bit older and have paperback versions available.
With that, head on over to Estella’s Revenge for the next pick, and once we know we’ll announce what’s up and when our reading date is going be.